October 14, 2011
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
The last time these wonderful Christian Artists were in Nashville, I had a prior commitment and was unable to stick around for the show. Tonight, I planned to spend the afternoon and evening with the band and crew.
I meet up with Carter Hassebrook who is the bands FOH Engineer and stage manager. We went to the stage and I grabbed some video b-roll of the mics on stage. Shure UHF-R wireless mics are on all vocals with various capsules for each singer. For their acoustic set, lead singer Mark Hall has been using a Super 55 and loving it. I also grabbed some footage of the drum kit as they are using the new Beta 98AMP’s on the toms and the Beta 91A in the kick drum.
As I finished up gathering the b-roll, drummer Brian Scoggin arrived and we got set up to grab a quick interview with him on stage. I was also planning to interview Carter so I decided at the last minute to interview them at the same time, which worked well!
Since every member of the group is also a Youth Minister, they are all very well spoken and know so much about each other. It was a great interview – you can look for that on our YouTube channel at some point. Following the interview, the band soundchecked for about 30-40 minutes. After their soundcheck, everyone usually meets at the front rows of the venue for prayer time. They discuss a bible verse or two then disperse amongst the chairs in the venue to bless them and send their prayers out that the audience will enjoy the show and live in the moment.
Then the openers, Sanctus Real, The Afters, and newcomer Lindsay McCall from Chicago all soundchecked. According to Carter, all three lead vocalists for these groups requested to sing on the UR2/KSM9!
It is always great, during these economic times, to see a full house. People were spending their money on shirts and merchandise. This tour for Casting Crowns is in support of their freshly released CD Come To The Well. Their messages are very powerful and thought provoking. “God doesn’t NEED me, he WANTS me.”
It is so important that the message reaches the audience with the utmost clarity. Shure microphones are there to help complete that mission.